Search Results: "André Amstutz"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SHOPPING EXPEDITION by Allan Ahlberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2005

"And the trip home is accomplished with the turn of a final page—a perfect ending for a child's transformation of a common errand into a decidedly uncommon outing. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Leaving dad to paint the kitchen, a child trails her mom, little Harry and Wilf the Wonderdog out to the grocery store in this enticing invitation to take the long way 'round. Read full book review >

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THE BABY IN THE HAT by Allan Ahlberg
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Hurrah! (Picture book. 4-8)"
Wouldn't it be remarkable if someone caught—in his hat, no less—a baby who had fallen out of a second-story window and then he ended up marrying that same baby many years later? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STATES OF EMERGENCY by André Brink
Released: May 17, 1989

Philip Malan is a South African professor who finds himself in over his head with a young graduate assistant, Melissa. Read full book review >

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AN ACT OF TERROR by André Brink
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Disappointing."
A pretentious megabook with mega themes from South African novelist Brink, already somewhat overtaken by events in South Africa and elsewhere. Read full book review >

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CAPE OF STORMS by André Brink
Released: June 1, 1993

"Brink has wittily created a splendid new myth in which primal emotions expand in a magical landscape—one rich in local allusions and profound foreshadowing and, in keeping with the genre, suitably bawdy."
Novella-length fable from South African writer Brink (An Act of Terror, 1989, etc.) that playfully suggests a mythic origin for his country's entangled cultures. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HARVARD SQUARE by André Aciman
Released: April 8, 2013

"A rather modest addition to immigrant experience literature."
Two immigrant outsiders hang out in cafes near Harvard. One vents, the other listens, in this third novel from the Egyptian-born Aciman (Eight White Nights, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PHILIDA by André Brink
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"Extraordinary."
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, this tale of slavery, identity and the wages of sin is based in part on Brink's (A Fork in the Road, 2009, etc.) family history. Read full book review >

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THE HIDDEN KEYS by André Alexis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A wry and reflective literary puzzle about family, love, honor, and adventure."
A smooth criminal is persuaded to investigate a complex riddle left as a strange inheritance to a junkie in Toronto. Read full book review >

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DROUGHTS  by Melissa Stewart
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A necessary read in today's climate. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
In this era of climate change (or not, depending upon which politician you listen to) comes an apropos look at droughts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY JOURNEY TO THE STARS by Scott Kelly
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"The pictures are a patchwork, but the authorial voice is distinct and the story has its unique aspects. (Picture book/autobiography. 7-9)"
An astronaut's story, from early adventures with his twin brother (who also became an astronaut) to record-breaking feats in space. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"As a record of liberal white South African thought ten years ago, this is a peerless collection, but by almost any other criteria, most of these essays—with a few notable exceptions—are fast slipping into irrelevance."
Like slightly stale bread, these essays (most from the 1980s and early 1990s) by one of South Africa's leading novelists examining the role of that country's literature have seen better days. Read full book review >